National City has postponed the grand opening of the long-awaited Paradise Creek Park extension project for at least a month due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, officials said on Tuesday.
A ceremony was slated for Sept. 17, but could take place in early November, chief executive Brad Raulston said.
The expansion project includes the transformation of 4 acres of the community park with native vegetation and trees, walking trails and benches, a playground and picnic sites, cycling and walking paths, areas bioretention for stormwater treatment, educational components and interpretive signs and other amenities to the west side of the creek between West 19e and 22sd streets.
Plans also include transforming a vacant lot south of West 19e Street near Kimball Elementary School in a garden with community beds for residents to grow a variety of vegetables and learn about composting and water conservation. The garden is now operational under the management of the non-profit organizations Mundo Gardens and Olivewood Gardens.
At the end of 2018, construction on the project began and a year later much of the grading was complete, which quickly allowed for the installation of park features and infrastructure improvements, such as the reconstruction of Harding Avenue and West 20.e Street for paved roads, parking and new sidewalks.
The project was largely completed by the end of 2020, according to the city, but additions are still underway.
National City recently acquired a welding shop, located north of the creek on W. 18e Street and Hoover Avenue, using a grant and looking for ways to use it, Raulston said.